Regional Bikeways Planning is a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The goals of the effort are consistent with those outlined in OCTA’s Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan including:
The Regional Bikeway Planning process has been ongoing since 2011 through a series of studies for four different subareas of the Orange County. To date, studies have been completed for the North, West/Central, and South Orange County areas. The OC Foothills area is currently being studied and encompasses Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Irvine, and portions of Anaheim. For more details, please see the “OC Foothills” tab below.
A comprehensive and complete bicycle network will greatly benefit Orange County residents and visitors. OCTA supports bicycle transportation as a viable commute alternative as well as an enjoyable recreational activity.
For this reason, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) adopted the 2009 Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan (CBSP) on May 22, 2009. The plan was originally written in 1995 and is intended to create a comprehensive blueprint of the existing bikeways in the county, as well as propose new facilities to complete a network of bikeways. The 2009 CBSP is provided to the cities and the County to adopt, if they so choose. As the plan is implemented by local jurisdictions, bikeways and improved bicycle facilities will make a positive contribution to Orange County's goal of a balanced transportation system.
The CBSP is a regional planning document that identifies existing and proposed bikeways in Orange County. Through the cooperation of the cities and the County, an inventory was taken of existing bikeways, and priorities for new bikeways were identified. Prioritization of the proposed bikeways, as identified in the plan, was based on several factors, including input from local jurisdictions and the public, as well as connectivity to transit and regional destinations.
In addition to analysis of existing and proposed bikeways, the document provides information on bicycle amenities, such as bike lockers, parking, signage and trail markings. It also includes a discussion of safety and education programs, innovative roadway markings, bikeway fundamentals and funding sources. The CBSP complies with the most stringent requirements for bicycle funding programs.
OCTA encourages all cities and the County of Orange to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds. The BTA is administered by Caltrans.
The Active Transportation Program (ATP), administered by the California Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation, was created by SB 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and AB 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.
Fifty percent of funds will be awarded on a statewide basis. Forty percent of funds will be awarded to large metropolitan planning organization (MPO) with population greater than 200,000. Ten percent of funds will be awarded to small and rural regions with populations less than 200,000.
The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:
Under the ATP, Orange County cities and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) have secured $21 million of new funding for active transportation. On August 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the statewide Active Transportation Program Cycle 1 funding for nine Orange County projects. On October 2, 2014, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council approved the regional project selection projects, which included 17 Orange County projects. When combined with recent OCTA’s approvals, these actions result in $21 million of new active transportation funding.
The cities and the County of Orange will be delivering these projects to their communities. The cities and the county prepared and submitted the funding applications and will implement the projects. OCTA provided support to local agencies through planning documentation and facilitation of the application process.
Statewide Active Transportation Program - $5.6 million
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Active Transportation Program - $13 million
OCTA Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program (BCIP) - $2.2 million
State and Federal Call for Projects
The Bicycle Corridor Improvement (BCI) Program 2014 Call for Projects is a $4.3 million bicycle program available to local Orange County agencies. The guidelines and application are provided below. Eligible applicants must submit project proposals by 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2013.
For details on the BCIP Call for Projects, click here.
The OC Foothills area encompasses the cities of Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Irvine, and portions of Anaheim. The study to improve bicycling in this area is currently underway.
The project development team met three times during winter 2014 to begin drafting the regional bikeway corridors, and OCTA hosted the first roundtable discussion for the OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative on June 4, 2015, at Irvine City Hall to share the results.
Roundtable Discussion #2
September 10, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pmOrchard Hills School, Multipurpose Room
11555 Culver Drive
Irvine, CA 92602Roundtable Discussion #1
OCTA hosted the first roundtable discussion for the OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative on June 4 at Irvine City Hall. At the meeting, we asked people to “Imagine Your Community by Bike.” Public participation is key to building friendlier bicycling communities, and we were able to get valuable feedback on the proposed corridors from people who work and live in the surrounding community.
OCTA Board of Directors Chairman and Irvine Mayor Pro-Tem Jeffrey Lalloway gave an introduction and OCTA Board Director Todd Spitzer provided insight on the collaboration between cities and agency staff required for this project. Attendees were given a background presentation on the study area and how other communities throughout the country have incorporated better bikeways into their transit networks.
Following the presentation, attendees and staff gathered around focused maps that highlighted specific areas of the study for “breakout” groups. The groups discussed the specific corridors for 30 minutes, then presented their ideas to the group.
All of the information that was gathered at the meeting will be used to re-rank the established corridors and will be presented at another public forum in the future. Please check back in often for study updates.
OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative
Roundtable Discussion June 4, 2015Map HandoutPresentationAgendaDetailed Map
South Orange CountyThe District 5 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2015. It identifies nine corridors that collectively comprise over 120 miles. Sixteen agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.
West/Central Orange CountyThe Districts 1 & 2 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2013. It identifies eleven corridors that collectively comprise over 120 miles. Seventeen agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.
North Orange CountyThe District 4 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2013. It identifies ten corridors that collectively comprise over 100 miles. 10 agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.
Prior to advertising and awarding the contract, each project must receive an allocation from the California Transportation Commission. For federally funded projects, Authorization to Proceed for each phase of work is also required after the allocation has been granted.
To process an allocation, an agency must submit the allocation request to the following agencies:
2015 CTC Meeting
Due to OCTA Programming
Due to Caltrans District 12
Due to Caltrans HQ
Final due to CTC Liaison
January 22, 2015 - Sacramento Area
Monday, November 03, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, December 01, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
March 25-26, 2015 Orange County
Monday, January 05, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 02, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
May 27-28, 2015 - Fresno Area
Monday, March 09, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
June 24-25, 2015 - Sacramento Area
Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
August 26-27, 2015 - San Diego Area
Monday, June 08, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
October 21-22, 2015 - Bay Area
Monday, August 03, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
December 9-10, 2015 Inland Empire
Monday, September 21, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
OCTA staff developed a presentation to help local applicants understand Cycle 1 lessons learned and prepare for Cycle 2 applications.
Note the following resources are available to help forecast future walking and bicycling trips related to infrastructure projects. See also the Caltrans Cost Benefit Analysis Tool.
The following are statewide databases to sort and map collisions.
The following are regional planning studies developed by OCTA. If a potential ATP application concept is included with one of these regional studies, then OCTA suggests the agency highlight the consistency and include the outreach efforts conducted through the regional effort to strengthen your application.
Additionally, OCTA suggest you highlight if your project concept is consistent with other local planning efforts such as bicycle or pedestrian plans, Specific Plans, and the City General Plan.
County of Orange Health Care Agency (OCHA) has offered their services to assist agencies with data and grant application preparation. The following resources may be used in preparing the Public Health section of the application:
The following are a few studies provided by OCHCA that may help with preparation of applications.
The ATP uses four measures to determine disadvantaged community status. The following resources are provided for each measure.
Inclusion of a qualified Conservation Corps in an ATP project is required by statute. The following are state and local contacts for Conservation Corps.
Call for Projects
Statewide Call for Projects
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Call for Projects
Projected Orange County Share from Regional Call for Projects
March 26, 2015
Adoption of ATP Cycle 2 Guidelines
June 1, 2015
Applications due to CTC
September 15, 2015
CTC project funding recommendations for statewide program
October 22, 2015
CTC adopts statewide program
Projects not programmed in statewide call distributed to SCAG
December 10, 2015
CTC adopts MPO regional selected projects
All ATP Cycle 2 documents are available at the Caltrans ATP Cycle 2 Call-for-Projects webpage:
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